Your Child’s First Dental Visit at Smile Town
- You can find out if the cleaning you do at home is working.
- Your dentist can find problems right away and fix them.
- Your child can learn that going to the dentist helps prevent problems.
- Your Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph SmileTown dentists may discuss the need for fluoride;
- As your child’s teeth develop, and permanent molars have grown, our dentists in our Guelph, Cambridge and Waterloo SmileTown offices may suggest using a dental sealant to protect the teeth from cavities. This is a kind of plastic that fills in the chewing surface to stop food from getting trapped.
- We also monitor the growth and development of all adult teeth to ensure they are coming in straight and each tooth has the proper amount of space to grow completely and healthy. If your child does have any crooked or crowded teeth, many times these issue resolve on their own as adult teeth develop, we can refer you to our orthodontist whom specializes in straightening and aligning teeth. This will also allow your child’s jaws to grow and develop properly.
Tips for bringing your child to the dentist for the first time:
- If you have a toddler who has not yet seen a dentist, consider a “get acquainted” visit to introduce your child to the dental office before the first appointment. Choose a child centred dental practice that is “child-friendly.” Select an appointment time when your child is alert and rested.
- Explain before the visit that the dentist is a friend and will help your child keep his teeth healthy. Add that the visit will be fun. Answer all your child’s questions positively. (Keep an ear out for scary stories from peers and siblings.)
- Be careful about using scary words. Check-ups and 90 percent of first visits do not have anything to do with “hurt,” so do not even use the word!
- Read your child a story about a character that had a good dental visit. (Ask the dental office for suggested reading.)
- Make a list of your questions about your child’s oral health in advance. This could include such topics as home care, injury prevention, diet and snacking, fluoride and tooth development.
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